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Tailored to families

The Red Star Line Museum is a child-friendly museum. Find out why.

Historical and contemporary

The original buildings of the shipping company were carefully restored. The new tower reflects the experiences of the former travellers, who looked out over Antwerp from the towering ocean steamers.

Red Star Line in Antwerp

The Red Star Line was active on 'het Eilandje' in Antwerp’s harbour for more than half a century. All that activity left traces in the city, especially on 'het Eilandje'.

Take the Red Star Line home with you

The museum shop has something ‘nautical’ that will appeal to you. Take a look in the shop after your museum visit or just drop by. The entrance is free.

Museum shop

The entrance to the shed is accessible for free. Till 5 PM you can enter the shop and temporary exhibition. Feel free to have a chat at our museum café during the weekend and/or events.

Stijn and Sofie are going to New York

Stijn and Sofie are the winners of the contest ‘1 year Red Star Line Museum’! Next year they will be travelling to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

Alexis De Laet returned to Belgium to fight

Alexis De Laet left his native village of Burcht for Chicago in 1911. When World War I broke out he returned to Belgium to join the Belgian army.

Frans Wittock: Fighting with the American army

Frans Wittock was an American Belgian who returned to Belgium in 1917 as a US soldier.

Roger Roels was stuck in America

Roger Roels was a seaman. He happened to be in the United States when the war broke out and was unable to return to Belgium. When the United States entered the Great War in 1917, he enlisted with the US Navy. After the war he asked the love of his life, Anna, who he had not seen since the conflict started, to join him in the United States.

The oldest Belgian war veteran became an American

After the war many Belgians left for the United States. In 1920 there were about 7200 of them, a migration record for the Belgians.

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